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Poster: Steve Nordby Date: Oct 6, 2004 2:10pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: It's not like there was a war or anything

Wow! What a fun film! Let's see . . . well, it's 1969, sexual revolution, nope, not for good Christians. Drugs? No way! Not for teens in the 60's! Rock n roll? Just a fad! Race relations? Who cares! We're all suburbanites, so it's ok to make fun of non-whites! Now let's not go taking about unjust wars - what kind of message would that send to the troops? Much better to become good little homemakers, decorate the place, and make a good cup of coffee! The complete lack of any relevant issue in the lives of teens of the era is simply astonsihing!

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Poster: Marysz Date: Oct 7, 2004 11:53am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: It's not like there was a war or anything

This film was made by the Coffee Information Service, so its more of an extended commercial than a documentary. High school students at that time had more social consciousness than we see in the film. After all, the boys could be drafted and sent to Vietnam once they got out of high school. Students used to take the Greyhound bus to the nearest big city and march against the war. There wasn't much space for free political expression in small-town America then. Given how conservative these towns were, the fact that they were able to establish these coffee houses at all is pretty admirable.

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Poster: AppleGirl Date: Oct 7, 2004 12:24pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: This film isn't the whole picture

The movie really does gloss over the fact that most teens (even those of us in the suburbs) were becoming more involved in politics, protests, and grassroots movements to improve the world. Parents were beside themselves, worried that any gathering of young people would explode into a riot or a meeting of the SDS or something. I think this film was aimed at the adults more than the kids. Showing these Coffee Houses as a parent-approved alternative--wholesome places where kids could get together and stay out of trouble. There really was a generation gap back then.

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Poster: ridetheory Date: Oct 7, 2004 2:03pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: This film isn't the whole picture

Well, as the years have passed, more and more evidence has come to light that the powers that be wanted all the revolutionary energy channeled into more sedate pursuits. Thus the MC5 and The Fugs give way to the Grateful Dead, and infoshops and the Diggers gave way to coffeehouses.

It's as if after the Boston Tea Party, the British started sponsoring coffeehouses.

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Poster: AppleGirl Date: Oct 9, 2004 6:12pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: This film isn't the whole picture

Ahhhh... This also explains the phenomenon that is...
Starbucks!

Very thought-provoking ideas, Ride Theory!